Eurovision 2019: Madonna Defends Performance At Israel Finale

Dana International interval act of the first Semi Final of Eurovision 2019

Dana International interval act of the first Semi Final of Eurovision 2019

This Eurovision recap is absolutely chock-full of spoilers, so only continue reading if you've watched the first semi-final - or alternatively, keep reading if spoilers are your jam.

In news that will probably shock no-one but is worth reporting anyway, Kate Miller-Heidke has made to the 2019 Eurovision Grand Final.

In response to Madonna's statement, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing" of "Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

"But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon".

The Palestinian political and militant faction Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since taking power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, did not comment about the incident. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians were killed during the escalation.

Although we are within the exciting Eurovision Week, sad things may still happen, even in the year's host country...

Information Coordinator for BDS, Rita Abu Ghosh, said that hosting the song contest in Israel has created a "real crisis" for hundreds of artists because the Zionist state "is using it to whitewash its crimes against the Palestinians".

Palestinian activists have responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing [of] Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

Rebuffing the pressure, Madonna said she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

This Friday's second semi-final will see 10 more countries added to the grand final slate, out of 18 competing for a place.

Speaking about the parody, Abusalama said: "On the day we filmed this video, Palestinians in Gaza including my family were being bombed indiscriminately yet again by Israel's apartheid regime".

According to official data obtained by the AP news agency, Israel's government went on a spending spree in its occupied West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with worldwide law.

When it was announced last month that Madonna would be performing at Eurovision in Tel Aviv, a number of groups immediately urged her to boycott as a part of the BDS movement.

Israel earned the right to host after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai carried off last year's prize with her spunky pop anthem "Toy".